BERLIN 2013: Denis Côté’s 'Vic and Flo Saw a Bear' in Competition

The Quebec French language thriller will compete against rival titles by Jafar Panahi, Bruno Dumont and Danis Tanovic.

TORONTO – Canadian director Denis Côté’s Vic and Flo Saw a Bear is headed to official competition in Berlin. The French language indie thriller’s producer Metafilms and distributor Funfilms on Monday made the announcement.

Côté was in Berlin last year to screen Bestiaire, a film about the interaction between people and zoo-kept animals.

BERLIN 2013: 'Free Fall' to Open Perspectives on German Cinema Section

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear, Côté’s seventh feature, stars Romane Bohringer, Pierrette Robitaille and Marc-André Grondin in a film about a woman on prison leave who reunites on the outside with another woman she knew behind bars.

The Canadian film against the latest films by Jafar Panahi, Bruno Dumont and Danis Tanovic, with Wong Kar-Wai heading up the jury.

Côté will be looking to repeat the success of fellow Quebec director Kim Nguyen, whose latest film, Rebelle (War Witch), bowed in Berlin last year and won awards at the festival before going onto an Academy Awards nomination in the best foreign language category.